A Master Class in Decorating Your Space with Vintage Finds

Fine jewelry designer Jesse Marlo Lazowski totally nailed it.

By: Noah Lehava
Photography: Zeph Colombatto

Most of the time, we find the best closets and homes by word of mouth. Sure, theres usually a cursory IG peruse that may or may not lead to solid photographic evidence of said sartorial prowess, but, sometimes, we’re left to chance—and let us just tell you, in our experience, this is when the best discoveries happen.

Which brings us to designer of fine jewelry line Marlo Laz, Jesse Marlo Lazowski’s, Bond St. loft, of which we did not so much as see a photo of prior to stepping inside. But, like we said, there’s nothing quite like the unexpected surprise of walking into a space filled with nomadic tchotchkes, lucite Platner chairs from the 70s, Hermès tableware, and original Polaroids of Madonna by Mary Pole, a personal friend of Lazowski’s (just to name a few), to get us going. And when a stuffed full-plume peacock is perched in the corner, well, it’s things like that that take it to another level. Then again, don’t take our word for it, click through the gallery below to see (and read about) Lazowski’s home and the stories behind every piece.

 

“My favorite part is the way I found this apartment. I really wanted to live on Bond and I really wanted a loft and I was looking all over and a really good friend of mine was a broker, and was like, 'Jess, there’s nothing that exists.' One day my dad and I were having dinner at Bond Street Sushi and he was like, ‘Okay, we’re going to walk up and down this street and stop every person and ask them if they have an available apartment in their building.’ He made me ask everyone. I got to this door and a woman was walking inside, so I asked if anyone had an apartment and she said, ‘My neighbor next door has an empty apartment that’s not listed, here’s her information.’ I moved in the next week!”

“The decor is really just my feel, I would say. The first piece we bought for the apartment is this bookshelf by Paul Evans, from the '60s or '70s, and it’s from his iconic series, it’s called the cityscape. And so when I moved into this apartment, we were working around it essentially.”

“The words on this necklace are the heart and soul of Marlo Laz Jewelry. Almost every piece in my collection has the words 'Je Porte Bonheur' inscribed somehow. It means, 'I bring good luck' in French but 'bonheur' also translates to 'joy' or 'happiness'. I loved the idea that the phrase had a double meaning, because it serves as a personal reminder to do the same for others around you. The entire message behind the jewelry is to spread 'bonheur', not only when the piece passes through different hands or generations, but also as you wear them.”

“A lot of the furniture my parents had because my mom collects stuff and knew that at some point we would have a place for it. The Platner chairs are from the '70s, which I think are so groovy. We got them reupholstered”

“I would say the first major piece that we did that Marlo Laz became known for is the eye ring. The white stone is onyx, which stands for protection, and then the opal—I really love opals and someone said that there’s an entire world in opals, and I feel that way when you look at them.”

“This is a Polaroid by Maripole and she took that of Madonna in the '80s. I know Maripole—I have some pieces in the apartment that are by artists I know and I love.

“The hand over here is a drawing by Marcela Guttierez. It was from the show she did at Melet Mercantile and the whole show was inspired by Diana Vreeland—it was unbelievable. So that’s Diana Vreeland’s hand smoking the cigarette. "The ‘They Live’ is a work by Andrew Brischler that I got at my favorite gallery in Palm Beach, which is called Gavlak Gallery. The piece he did is a reference to an '80s horror film but for me, I love the saying ‘they live,’ and I think about my jewelry that way."

“I’m obsessed with the coins. The message behind them is based on the whole idea that it’s the best form of currency in the sense that luck is also the best form of currency.”

“The chairs and the table are from the '70s as well, and these are Italian chairs, but my parents had them at their old apartment uptown.”

"This is my custom Trouvaille necklace, which I never leave home without. I'm a big believer in unexpected pairings. The glassware is antique, and the elephant place card holders are by Nate Berkus for Target.”

“The artwork on the right is a photographer friend of mine who actually shoots our jewelry, and he’s an amazing travel photographer. This is the series that he did from India, so I just absolutely adore that piece.

“Obviously I love greens, I love exotic jungles and everything like that, so we’re surrounded by a lot of nature all the time with this Jonas Wood. And then the top is a Slim Aarons—I’m a backgammon addict [laughs]—it’s literally my favorite pastime. The camel one is a Larry Rivers, who’s a really cool artist also around the '70s. I always say camels are my favorite form of transportation.”

“The pink tourmaline and orange sapphire color pairing is inspired by the work of Mexican architect, Luis Barragan. They also pay homage to the stunning marigolds of India, while the blue topaz and pink ruby pieces reference the jewel tones of the Mediterranean. I love mismatched earrings.”

“These are the most comfortable chairs you’ve ever been in. They’re chillers. I sit here for hours and hours, usually this becomes a backgammon setup. These are by Pace from the '70s. The pillows are Missoni. The globe came from Barney’s.”

“I got this on my first trip to Morocco and I just love it—it’s a choker collar. I’m inspired by the colors of Morocco, and this was the inspiration for what eventually became our own Gypsy collar."

"I love the color and metalwork on this sculpture. I got it on a trip in Budapest and it’s one of my favorite Hungarian sculptures from the '20s. It’s Zsolnay.

"This [object] is also from Morocco and it’s so cool, I met with the artisans in the Atlas Mountains when I was there and it’s so fantastic because you can take it apart and it becomes a cuff."

“The table was inlayed in India and that’s how I really first started getting into jewelry. I was living in Paris and I went on a trip to India and it was meant just to be a holiday, but I got there and I met with these artisans and I started designing my first capsule collection there, in Jaipur.

I love learning about the powers and metaphysical properties of gemstones. I find these geodes to be nature’s work of art. I always work with a gemstone chart and have one on my website too, where you can go and learn about all of the magical properties of each stone.”

“This malachite necklace is a part of our 'Juju' series, which consists of one-of-a-kind stones. I love the look of precious stones in their raw state. The chain is actually a strand of sapphires.”

“The lucite and butterfly obelisk was a gift from my jewelry designer sister Alina Abegg.

“This piece is by Augustus Thompson. My friend Laurence, the designer for Rochambeau, took me to meet Gus for a studio visit. I fell in love with this and couldn't leave empty handed.”

“This is a crazy piece by Kelly Wearstler of a head bust with natural gemstones in bronze, and it’s the mixture of all the different materials, so I just think it’s a really cool piece.”

“I collect elephants and these are all antique. I just think they’re such incredible animals and again, for good luck.”

“I'm a big collector of things, including art books. Sometimes I'll see a painting and it can inspire an entire collection. The nude is by Tom Wesselmann and is my all-time favorite.”

“These 'Dancing Pearl' bands are marked with the words 'Je Porte Bonheur, French for 'I bring good luck'. The pearls have a wonderful movement to them and come in different stone options.”

“I feel like I’m a child of the '70s [laughs] and all the furniture is original from the '70s.”

“This piece is by Damien Hirst. I got it at Art Basel a few years ago. Since I was little, I’ve been obsessed with butterflies. I was just at Summit at Sea and one of the speakers was talking about the transformation from a caterpillar to a butterfly and how that’s a metaphor for life and how we can all become our best selves and what we can turn into.”

“If the shoe fits, buy it in every color! These Saint Laurent shoes were so comfortable, I knew I needed them for every occasion. I love this photograph of India by my friend Gregory Vore.”

“The peacock has become our brand mascot. We’ve done different stuff at the showroom or shows and this has traveled with me places. I got it in New York at the Evolution store. The feathers of a peacock are supposed to resemble an eye and protection."

“This necklace is part of our La Trouvaille collection, which means a sense of discovery, a lucky find, and I’m just obsessed with that as a sentiment. I want people to feel that when they’re looking at the jewelry. You can customize and choose whatever coins you want, the colorway, and you can change them to birthstones, you can inscribe stuff on the back of them if you want to write a message, anything.”

“This necklace is inspired by one of the first pieces I did in India. It’s supposed to be a skipping rock, like a wishing stone. I think there are 800 rubies in it.”

“The rug is from Morocco. I was on another trip with my mom and we went on a furniture spree, and ended up shipping containers of stuff back, so one of the pieces was this rug.”

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